It appears we cannot escape tragedy in the NFL this year. Terrible news coming out of Dallas this afternoon as it appears one of their young players died in a car crash, and his teammate was the one driving the car. Jerry Brown, second-year linebacker out of Illinois, passed away early this morning and Josh Brent has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter.
As news surfaced today that Brent had been booked for intoxication manslaughter, the gruesome details kept emerging. Brent was driving drunk with Brown in the car and crashed. The practice squad player did not survive the crash and this report has been confirmed by many sources. It is a sad day for the Dallas Cowboys organization and it’s been a terrible calender week for the NFL.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Jerry Jones said in a statement. “At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”
Just last Saturday we learned the terrible news of Jovan Belcher‘s murder/suicide involving his girlfriend. The NFL has been put on trial for the possible correlation between concussions and mental health issues after Junior Seau‘s suicide earlier this year. To say 2012 has not been a great year for the NFL would be a massive understatement.
Possibly the biggest tragedy of this whole situation is Brent and Brown were not only NFL teammates, but college teammates as well. No doubt the person who feels the worst about this situation is Brent himself. He made a mistake he’ll have to live with the rest of his life, and I feel for him right now.
Hopefully we’ve seen the last of player and former player deaths for a while. I’m not sure how much more tragedy the sport can handle.